Working with Glass
What is glass and how is it made?
Glass is created by melting sand. Its history, be it blowing, casting in a mould or fusing (heating at high temperature) goes back to the Bronze Age and was developed by the Mesopotamians and Egyptians. The Greeks and Romans improved the methods.
Kiln forming techniques to manipulate the glass came into their own in the 20th century, led by Bullseye in the USA who introduced a system of compatibility because different types of glass will not fuse to each other. They need the same blueprint to join with the application of controlled heat to make it more fluid and flow together.
Cooled slowly, a fused piece of glass will emerge solid and unbroken. Changing its shape is called ‘slumping’ and is done by putting the glass over a mould to make it droop or drape. In glass-cutting and fusing, things don’t always go to plan – glass has a mind of its own at times. Modern names that spring to mind are Murano, Tiffany, Galle and Lalique.
Fusing glass and creative glass work
There is something very special about fusing glass. It is an art that changes the assembly of pieces. Glass transforms into something entirely new with the application of heat and gravity. Alchemy is a good description – almost wizardry or magic.
The workshops will enhance your cutting skills, introduce the use of frits, dichroic colours, inclusions (metal) and mould slumping.
The glass is special fusing glass from USA or Germany which is cut to shape and then ‘built’ as a piece takes shape in the kiln. Heating up to almost 900 degrees celsius fuses the glass together which then slowly cools. To change the shape, the glass is heated again over a mould. For further information on workshops contact me.